This disused railway is a surprisingly peaceful tree-lined tunnel which starts at Finsbury Park and ends in Highgate, slicing through Crouch End along the way. It’s roughly a-two-and-a-half kilometre stretch each way, but can be extended by looping around Finsbury Park or the pleasantly shaded Highbury Wood at either end.
An oldie, but a goodie. The Heath offers a limitless array of routes – through woods, around ornamental gardens, along vast open plains – as well as plenty of pretty stop-offs to alleviate mid-run delirium
The Thames Path
This stretch along the River Thames traces the majority of the route taken during the annual Oxford-Cambridge boat race. Aside from race week, this route is ideal a peaceful amble. A linear London walk (a mainly flat path) follows the River Thames upstream between Putney Bridge and Barnes Bridge. You’ll go through Fulham Palace Gardens and pass the slipways for St Paul’s School Rowing Club before you reach your end point of Barnes Bridge.
Richmond to Ham House
Featuring iconic views, this circular route leads you from the urban bustle of Richmond town centre to a rural riverside walk along the Thames Path. Beginning at the top of Richmond Hill and moving down towards the Thames, head into Richmond Park and King Henry’s Mound before leaving the park. Meander through the gorgeous village of Ham – think beautiful Georgian mansions and polo club –before reaching your final stop, Ham House. A National Trust property.